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Game 16: Bruins at Islanders preview

Posted by Mike Whitmer, Globe Staff  February 26, 2013 02:08 PM

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Greetings from the Nassau County Coliseum, where the Bruins will conclude their five-game road trip tonight against the Islanders. Boston is 1-0 against the Islanders this season, beating New York, 4-2, on Jan. 25 at TD Garden.

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Bruins 11-2-2, Islanders 8-10-1

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Expected healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Lane MacDermid, Jay Pandolfo

Story lines: Starting goaltender matchup is expected to be the two first-stringers, based on who left the ice first at the conclusion of the morning skate. Evgeni Nabokov is 8-6-1 for the Islanders with a 2.91 goals-against average. Bruins will counter with Rask (9-1-2, 1.97) ... Islanders center John Tavares is tied with Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos for the lead league with 13 goals. Tavares is tied for third in the NHL with 25 points, and he and Matt Moulson (10 goals) form the league's top-scoring duo with 23 goals ... Might this one come down to special teams? Islanders have the fifth-best power play in the league, with 19 goals in 78 chances (24.4 percent). Bruins counter with the NHL's best penalty kill; they've allowed just 3 goals in 58 tries (94.8 percent) ... Bruins are 7-0 this season when scoring first; Islanders have either been tied or held a third-period lead in seven of their 11 losses ... Kyle Rehman and Brad Meier will be the referees. Mark Shewchyk and Tim Nowak will be the linesmen.

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